Leprechauns, taxes and clouds will be among the March discussions and events the library branches in the area will be holding.
The Turlock Library will host a computer basics class at 3 p.m. each Thursday in March, starting on March 1. Attendees will learn the basic introduction to computers, including an explanation of the parts of the computer, a tour of Windows, and simple tasks. Advance registration is required. Call (209) 664-8100 to sign up.
The Turlock Teens Talk Books program will be held at 3 p.m. March 3. This program provides teens with the opportunity to discuss their favorite books and find new book recommendations.
With the tax deadline approaching, the Turlock Library will help area residents learn the ins and outs of preparing their taxes. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 5, a representative from H&R Block will discuss important topics such as The PATH Act, and tax reform changes. The representative will be available to answer questions regarding tax forms, tax credits, and how to prepare financially for college.
The March STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Works session will be held at 4 p.m. March 6 and will focus on clouds. There will be a reading of “Cloudette” by Tom Lichtenheld. Attendees will discuss different types of clouds and the water cycle, and later will have an opportunity to make clouds in a jar, and create their own clouds to take home. STEAM Works is designed for children in kindergarten and older; children 4 and under must be supervised by a parent or adult guardian.
The Turlock Library Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. March 7 to discuss “What We Keep” by Elizabeth Berg. In San Francisco, two sisters visit their mother who walked out on the family 30 years earlier to devote herself to art. Now she has cancer and may die. One of the sisters is only doing it to please the other. A limited number of copies are available at the Turlock Library. Please call 209-664-8100 for more information.
The Friends of the Turlock Library will meet at 6:30 p.m. March 7. All are invited to attend this public meeting of the organization that supports the local library.
The Mystery Lovers Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. March 9 to discuss “Still Life” by Louise Penny. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.
The Turlock Library will don the green a bit early, with a Leprechaun hat painting event at 4 p.m. March 13. Children will paint small pots to resemble leprechaun hats in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.
All ages welcome. Children under 4 must have direct parental supervision.
The Turlock Library’s Teen Advisory Board will meet at 4 p.m. March 14. The Teen Advisory Board offers teens the opportunity to earn community service credit while sharing their ideas on teen library programs and books. For more information, call 209-664-8100.
A Caregiver College event is set for noon March 15. The free meeting will offer practical information to help individuals become a better caregiver, or help prepare for the future. This month’s meeting will be on estate planning. A free lunch will be provided. Advance registration is required, please call 209-578-6300 for more information.
Children can celebrate the arrival of springtime with a spring watercolor painting event at 4 p.m. March 20. Children will paint spring themed scenes with watercolors, and then use salt to separate the pigment. All ages welcome. Children under 4 must have direct parental supervision.
The battle between “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” fans will rage at 6 p.m. March 26 at the Turlock Trivia Night. Prizes will be awarded to participating teams. Each team may have between one to four players. The library will be using the Kahoot! app. All teams must have a smart phone or tablet capable of downloading the app— or have it pre-installed on the device.
Children are invited to build and play with LEGOs and DUPLO blocks at 4 p.m. March 27. Ages 4 and under are welcome to participate, however, they must have direct parental supervision.
The Turlock Library is located at 550 Minaret Ave. For more information on Turlock Library programs, call 209-664-8100.
Kids can create fun panda bookmarks to mark the corners of their pages on March 8. The craft will be ongoing through the day, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m.
Leprechaun’s will be roaming the library on March 15. Kids can create their own Leprechaun hat out of recycled K-cups and then search the library for one of the little green men. Events starts at 9 a.m. and goes throughout the day. Materials will be supplied.
Adults and teens can design beautiful, faux stained-glass keepsakes at a craft event on March 16. The event is on a drop-in basis from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Keyes Library will host an activated story theatre at 2 p.m. March 26 with the Goza family. The family will perform two multicultural folktales full of physical comedy, music, song and dance, with American Sign Language and audience participation.
The Keyes Library is located at 4420 Maud Ave. in Keyes. For more information about programs at the Keyes Library, call (209) 664-8006.
The Denair Library will hold Origami Day at 4 p.m. March 8. Paper and instructional books from the library's collection will be provided to help participants create beautiful, timeless paper crafts.
The Denair Library will host a Hearthstone Fireside Gathering from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 17. Come discuss the digital card game and play with fellow Hearthstone enthusiasts in the area. Free Wi-Fi provided.
The Goza family will be at the Denair Library at 4 p.m. March 22 for activated story theatre. The event will feature two multicultural folktales full of physical comedy, music, song and dance, with American Sign Language and audience participation.
The Denair Library is located at 4801 Kersey Rd., in Denair. For more information about programs at the Denair Library, call (209) 634-1283.